Mostly Racin' Stuff

                                      By Tom Avenengo

                                         Volume # 177



Some personal/family stuff:


So, is it the cooler temps or something else up here in this area that causes both the wife and I to have a harder time breathing?  Might it be our blood is now thicker, what with the cooler weather?  The wife has also been complaining about her back aching.  Might it be caused by the car trip from Florida?  She has a doctor appointment on Monday – maybe we’ll get some kind of news then.

Last Saturday I accompanied my son, Eric, on a trip to Virginia so he could drop off his son for a weeks mother with his mother.  On the way back Eric, from out of nowhere, says:  “Watch tonight – Higbie will draw the pole for the 1st heat, win it, and start on the pole in the feature”.  He was correct.

Yes, we made that trip, got back in time to go to OCFS for their opening night of point racing.


Hopefully you’ll be reading this at your usual times.  As of Wednesday AM, I’ve had some problems with my computer.



Some things I’ve noticed here - “back home” in the New York area:


One must be extra careful when exiting a store and going to ones car.  In Florida it is a law that vehicles must stop for pedestrians.  Not so up here.

The roads – OMG – Pothole haven - at times ya just can’t miss them!

Yes, the days are about an hour shorter up here, even with the changing of the clock.


Oh, and come Wednesday morning, there was a trace of snow here.  Yay!





Racin’ stuff:


From last weeks column:


“Also, I’ve been working on some information on the ARDC midgets racing in New England from back in the day, for Dick Berggren and the forth coming museum that will be at the track in Loudon, New Hampshire.  An article and some photos that will also be included.


Note:  Hmmm – I received a message on Facebook, on Wednesday, that Mr. Berggren has more or less abandoned the Loudon location.  Seems there will be a meeting on April 19th at the Stafford Club house for an “important” update on future plans.”


Mr. Berggren got back to me with this – in part:

“Absolutely not true. We have not abandoned any location.”





OCFS – what a difference between last Sunday and this past Saturday.  Last Sunday, the track was very dusty, especially in the fourth turn, during the two feature races.  On Saturday, there was some “dust” but not the dry type.  There was quite a bit on my clothing – kind of like one gets at Accord.


OC had a couple of good lanes on Saturday.  It isn’t too often that one sees an outside pass in turns 3 & 4, but there were some on Saturday.


As expected, the fan count wasn’t near like it was for the Sunday race, although the drive-in was pretty well filled.  It also seemed that there were more in the half covered stands than what was the “norm” last year.


Again, in the Sportsman feature, the top five finishers were all former OVRP Dirt Oval racers.


Note:  About that Sportsman feature, this, found on the Internet:

Krummel robbed Venezia by taking him out on a late restart.

There is still a hole in T2. They really need to sipe the track to get more water into the track.”


“You must have missed the victory lane interview with Krummel. Brian admitted that he unintentionally took out Venezia. He also gave Venezia the winners check and trophy and said that Frank deserved to be in victory lane. I have a lot of respect for Krummel. He knew he messed up and owned up to it. Kudos to him.


As far as the track goes, I thought it was excellent for the features. It was to fast in the heats and no one was going anywhere. Once it slicked over it became a very racey track. It was enjoyable to watch McKee and Hindley use the top side to go forward.”



While OCFS is being mentioned – on Sunday for the Hard Clay Open, two young women sang the National Anthems – one for Canada and one for the US.  Any idea as to why the Australian National Anthem wasn’t sung or played?  After all, there was an Australian driver competing that day.



Due to “Mother Nature” acting up, again, most every race that was scheduled for last Friday was cancelled due to rain.


Ok, I originally became a fan of oval track racing back in the mid 40’s.  In the 50’s, I also became interested in road racing – back when the driver had so much to do with the car getting around the track, with shifting, braking etc etc.  And, they raced mainly on road courses, not some silly “track” on city streets, or parking lots, where the track is bordered with Jersey barriers and every turn is a blind one, as they’ve gotten into, later on.

While the NY Mets were playing like a 5th grade girls team this past Sunday, I attempted to watch some of the Indycar race on TV.  Couldn’t watch it.  “Progress” along with aero dynamics has taken most of the driver input out of the equation.


Note:  I hope this link works for a video of an accident from last Sunday.  As you could hear one of the announcers saying that it happened on a “blind” turn.  Hell, with the lowness of the cars, the damn Jersey barriers, every turn is “blind”.  Once a couple of cars have contact, with the resticted track, mayhem usually occurs.  Good thing they don’t go fast on these types of tracks, I guess.



Not a “Press Release”, as such but his was posted on the DTD Forum by Brett Deyo:


“After the great response we have received from the DNQ incentive program following the Hard Clay Open in advance of our next NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event at Thunder Mountain Speedway Tuesday, May 20, we have expanded our "extras" for non-qualifiers.


The "Recycle Your Entry Fee" program has been launched.  Non-qualifiers at every Super Series race this year: we will pay your car entry at the next series event. If you are a full-season entrant and paid for the full-season in advance, we will give you a cash refund of your entry money when you come to the registration table to draw your number. This program will be in effect starting May 20 at the Mountain and goes through the year-end Short Track SuperNationals at I-88. Non-qualifiers at Thunder will receive free car entry for the July Crazy 8s Special at I-88, etc. etc.


Also, for Thunder Mountain:

Manmiller Electric (owned by PA 358-Mod racer Doug Manmiller) has posted a pair of $100 cash bonuses which will go to drivers unable to make the main event (a draw will decide the recipients).


Diversified Machine/Bulldog Rear Ends has posted a $50 gift card to a driver unable to make the main (random draw will determine recipient).  A second, $50 certificate will go to the 11th-place finisher.


Additionally, the 50-lap Lightning on the Mountain at Thunder Mountain will offer the biggest payout in track history: $5,100 to win, $1,500 for 5th, $1,000 for 10th and $500 to start, plus bonuses.


Keep posted for more updates at”



Jeff Gordon’s 6-year-old daughter takes to the track


Note:  More on this can be found, below, in my Jayski section.



Former OVRP Dirt Oval runners:


At OCFS in the Big Block Modified feature, Tim Hindley was the race winner.  Clinton Mills was 4th, Mike Ruggiero 7th and Billy V 16th.   

In the Small Block Modified feature, Brian Krummel was 4th, Danny Creeden 5th, LJ Lombardo 10th, Andrew Reeves 15th and Joe Falanga 21st.

In the Sportsman feature, Krummel got his second straight win, with Matt Janiak 2nd, Joe Conklin 3rd, LJ Lombardo 4th, Andrew Reeves 5th, Joe Falanga 13th, John Illanovsky 17th, while Zack Vavricka was a DNQ, but, depending on where you see the results, he’s also shown as 24th.


At Lebanon Valley, in the Big Block Modified feature, Kolby Schroder was 5th, Kyle Armstrong 8th and Bobby Hackel, IV 20th.


Out in Kokomo, Indiana, last week there were a couple of Honda USAC National Midget races.  Justin Grosz was a DNQ for both features.


At Waterford, in NEMA Lights, RJ Tufano was a DNF, but credited with 17th.  In the regular NEMA Midgets, Kenney Johnson lost his VW engine during warm ups, when their crank broke.


Davie Franek was a DNF but credited with 15th at Selinsgrove, in the Sprint Car feature.


In the Roc 100 LAP RACE AT 5 Mile, Anthony Perrego was 4th, Danny Creeden 10th and Tyler Dippel 18th.  Mike Traver was 17th in the Sportsman feature.

Roger Coss was 5th in the 100 lap Modified feature at Mahoning, while BJ Wambold was 15th and sister Tiffany 18th in the 50 lap Street Stock feature.


Down at the Airport Speedway, in New Castle, DE., Kyle Rohner was 1st in the Wingless 600 Micro feature.


27 names this week.



Brian Krummel:


Bill Boyle, AKA “Doctor Dirt”,  had an interview with driver Brian Krummel recently.  With his permission, here it is:




By Bill Boyle


Yep, it’s a question that a lot of us have been asking since he arrived on the Orange County Fair Speedway Sportsman scene in July of 2005. I’ll tell you who Brian Krummel is. He is a two time OCFS Sportsman Champion, he has won 35 features at the infamous Hard Clay oval including three Eastern States Sportsman opens, and a Small Block Modified feature last year. Oh, let’s not forget the three Sportsman Championships he amassed at Accord Speedway in the only years he ran fulltime.


Krummel is basically a quiet man, shy and reserved, and doesn’t seek the limelight that often goes with winning. He would prefer to stand back and let others reap in the glory that goes with the position of being called “Champion”. He would prefer that Brian Smith, majority car owner of his #44 Sportsman and Small Block Modified, and owner of Superior Remodeling; silent partner Joe Tufano of Tuf Motorsports; and “UNSILENT” partner Sharon Loder bask in the limelight. They are the ones who make racing possible for him, so he wants them in the spotlight, and he truly appreciates their support. Advance Auto Parts is also a big supporter of his racing efforts.


So just what does Brian Krummel want? “All I want to do is win.”


Krummel started racing at the ripe old age of 13 in a go-kart in Poughkeepsie, NY. “I was a fan of racing since I was in a stroller and my parents took me to the races. One night my father took me to the Kart races and I fell in love with them. Then I found a kid that wanted to sell one, I took my life savings (not that much for a 13 year old), my dad pitched in some money, and then I had my first Kart. Can’t thank Dad enough for opening that door.”


So Krummel strapped on a helmet, and off he went to fulfill his dreams. In his seventh race, Krummel had the lead with two laps to go. Then in the turns, a girl passed him and he thought he had lost his shot at victory. “That girl was good.” But wait a minute, the yellow was being displayed and that meant the lineup reverted back to the last completed lap. Given a reprieve, Krummel sped off to garner his first career win.


In 1993, his first full year of Karting, he won the first of eight championships, and over a 15 year span, amassed close to 150 feature wins. “We did a lot of traveling over those years, and we won our share of races” remised Krummel. “I really enjoyed Karting, and still do to this day. With the exception of a National win, we won every other big show we entered. But last fall, we went to South Carolina, and I finally got that National win” he reiterated with a smile on his face. And don’t think it was easy, running against the likes of Danny Creeden, Kevin Duyera, Mike Kolka, Jeff Farber and Jessie Marks, all drivers who have raced at OCFS in the past 10 years.


When 2005 rolled around, Krummel hung up his helmet and stowed his Kart away. “I had reached my goals, and it was time to walk away.” Ah, but others had different plans for this truly gifted driver. After browsing the OCFS pits, car owner Dean Canfield grabbed Krummel by the collar and convinced him that he would be his next driver in his car. So Krummel belted himself into a Sportsman car, and four weeks later, owned the car when Canfield moved to Florida. “I have to tip my hat to Dean, he forced me into his car, and gave me an opportunity when there were more willing and capable drivers available. Thanks Dean.”


Tim Hindley, a capable driver in his own rights with Championships in the three major divisions at OCFS, is a very close friend to Krummel. “Tim has taught me everything I know about racing the big cars. He is relentless, pounding all of his wisdom into me until I fully understood what he was talking about. He is the main reason for my success in the Sportsman Division. Anytime I have a question, he is always available.”


As Krummel entered the 2007 season, things once again changed when he was offered a ride in both the big and small block divisions. It was a decision that didn’t work out well. “We couldn’t get the results I was looking for, and to be truthful, I was overwhelmed by the scope of the operation. It was better suited for a more experienced driver.”


But as the wheel of fortune continued to spin, Krummel needed a change of scenery as the 2008 season neared. He packed up his own car and headed to Accord Speedway for their Friday night action. I guess the change for Krummel was good, as he won the championship. Not to be outdone, he also won the championships in 2009 and 2010.


After the 2009 season, Krummel teamed up with NYC Fireman Brian Smith, and the two developed a bond. So, even though he was racing his own car at Accord on Friday nights, he was behind the wheel of the Superior Remodeling #44 on Saturday evenings at OCFS. And guess what, Krummel also won that championship.


It was that union that aided Krummel’s maturity. “I met Charlie Loder and his wife Sharon. Charlie had owned cars in the past, and worked on many top notch open wheeled cars and knew his way around a race car. He was a perfect match to my personality, and we worked well together. Being a perfectionist, I like to do things myself, but with Loder around, it took a lot of pressure off my back and eased the situation when we arrived at the track. When I’m at the track, I don’t like to be bothered, and I want to get into a mind set for when I’m in the car. Unfortunately, Charlie passed on in 2012, but not before he trained 19 year old Cody Hunt to replace himself. When I look at Cody, I’m always reminded of Charlie. I really miss Charlie.”


But the union between Krummel and Smith is like one made in heaven. Together, they have won many features, including a SBM win last year, and also another Championship in 2013.


“I’m doing what I want to do” stated Krummel, “I always keep it in the back of my mind that racing is a hobby for me, not a profession.”


With 35 Sportsman wins under his belt, he is six shy of the record held for the division. It’s a quandary about what will happen if he gets six more wins and ties the record. It is after all a record held by his best friend Tim Hindley. Hindley has threatened to return to the Sportsman ranks if Krummel passes him.


Running a big block Modified is out of the question for the near future. It’s the difference between business and fun, and all Krummel wants right now is fun. “Don’t get me wrong, I would love to win a Modified feature, but some things are more important.”


His plans for 2014 are to alternate between the Small Block and Sportsman ranks on an alternating basis. It takes time and effort to prepare cars for two divisions weekly.


So, there you have a thumbnail sketch of who Brian Krummel is, and what direction his future holds for him, after all, he is only 35 and his next objective is to take the Small Block Championship from childhood friend Danny Creeden.


Good luck Brian.




While I was down in Florida this winter:


I took in two races with my grandson, John Rizzo.  One was at the Hendry County Motorsports Park.  That track is located at the bottom part of Lake Okeechobee.  It is the Southermost Dirt Track in the USA.


Hendry County Motorsports Park 2014




A little trip back in time:


Over my life time and as I was a race fan, I did have quite a few favorite drivers.  Johnny Ritter still is my all time favorite.  Next would be Bill Vukovich.  Heck, both my late father and my brother, to this day, call me “Vuky”.  George Rice was a favorite.  Bill Schindler was another favorite driver of mine, along with Ted Tappett (Phil Walters).

I was fortunate to have seen Schindler race exactly one week before he was fatally injured at Allentown, on September 20, 1952 at the young age of 43.  Both he and Paul Russo put on one helluva race, basically side by side throughout the whole event, with Russo getting the win in what was just about a photo finish.

It’s hard to believe that on the following day, September 14, 1952, that Schindler was a DNQ for the Sprint Car feature a the Reading Fairgrounds.  And the same goes for Paul Russo, too.

Link to the Reading results:

Link to some Bill Schindler history:

Note:  There’s a photo of Schindler in this weeks photo section.





An interesting thread on the DTD forum –


A thread about the Rolling Wheels Speedway – are they racing?


Note:  In the AARN, in their issue that had all the track schedules, there was no schedule listed for Rolling Wheels.




From Jayski:


Someday Darlington race could return to Labor Day weekend:

NASCAR president Mike Helton was asked Saturday if Darlington would ever get the Labor Day weekend back. While Helton wouldn't completely rule out a return, he didn't really think it was a possibility at this time. The track hosted racing on Labor Day weekend from 1950-2003. Darlington eventually lost one of its races and its lone date was held on Mother's Day starting in 2005. This year, the track's date was moved to April. "You never know. There were a lot of stories that came from Labor Day races here at the Southern 500. The badge around here was based on Labor Day weekends," Helton said. "So all I could tell you is you never know. I have seen a lot of things in this sport that I was surprised by ... and that led me to believe that the future of the sport can have things happen that people say won't happen again. So you never know." Darlington president Chip Wile said he is happy with the track's date but wouldn't object to a move back to Labor Day. "With the date change, we've actually seen an increase in some segments that NASCAR has been focused on," he said. "So we are committed to our race date, but we welcome any conversation."(Morning News)(4-13-2014)



Sad News - Billy Standridge:

Former NASCAR driver Billy Standridge passed away of cancer at 1:30am/et on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Standridge made 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts from 1993-1999 with a best finish of 14th in the 1995 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. For services and visitation info or leave a comment at the blog set up by Billy's family, go to: Billy's Battle, a site for posting and sharing information for Billy Standridge. was the listed sponsor of the #47 Ford at Talladega in October 1997. I made a page back in 1997 with some notes and images of the #47 Ford at Jayski's Talladega Experience page.

Three cars entered by the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team in Friday's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 Nationwide Series race at Darlington Raceway carried decals honoring Billy Standridge. Standridge also raced in the Nationwide Series from 1986 to 1993. JD Motorsports owner Johnny Davis formerly worked for Standridge as a crew chief, engine builder, truck driver and all-around mechanic. The Standridge decal was carried on the C post of JDM Chevrolet's driven by #01-Landon Cassill who finished 12th, #4-Jeffrey Earnhardt (20th) and #87-Kevin Lepage (19th) at Darlington and will run in other races this year.(4-12-2014)



Larson & Dillon discuss practice incidents:

From a Team Chevy transcript after both rookies #3-Austin Dillon & #42-Kyle Larson hit the Darlington Raceway wall and gained a Darlington Stripe. Larson's car was damage so bad that the team pulled out the backup car. Comments from both drivers:


Dillon: "Well, Kyle (Larson) came over and asked, 'where did you hit'? I said off Turn 2. He said, me too. I said did you try you try to come off the wall and make it turn? He said exact same thing. So we are just learning, I guess. You get really tight. I felt good into (Turn) 1, and then through the middle, I get tight late around the corner, it just carries speed. Just hit the wall, but I learned a lot right there. Hopefully it doesn't happen again."


Larson: "Yeah I mean we (Austin Dillon) were talking and it sounded like the exact same thing that we were describing. Difference is I have to get a back-up out. Our back-up they said is just as good as our primary so we had a really good run before we I hit the wall. Just learning, I'm mostly ever in the wall in (Turns) 3 and 4 and never hit off (Turn) 2. I killed the wall in (Turn) 2. We will get back out here soon and I'm sure be fine."(Team Chevy)(4-12-2014)



Statement from Gene Haas Regarding FIA's Grant of Formula One License:

Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been granted a Formula One license by the FIA. The following is his statement. "Obviously, we're extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula One license by the FIA. It's an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula One. Now, the really hard work begins. It's a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid. I want to thank the FIA for this opportunity and the diligence everyone put forth to see our license application come to fruition." Founded in 1983 and based in Oxnard, Calif., Haas Automation is the largest CNC machine tool builder in the western world. Stewart-Haas Racing won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2011. Haas also founded Windshear, a 180-mph rolling-road wind tunnel in Concord, N.C., that is the first of its kind in North America. It is only the third rolling-road wind tunnel of its scale in existence and the world's first commercially available, full-scale, rolling-road wind tunnel.(True Speed Communication)(4-11-2014)



Don't expect to see Stewart-Haas drivers in F1 car:

Now that her car owner has a Formula One team, could Danica Patrick ever race in the worldwide racing series? Gene Haas doesn't think so. Nothing against Patrick, he just doesn't think any of his NASCAR drivers could jump in a car for Haas Formula, a new F1 team that will begin fielding two cars in 2015 or 2016, and succeed. Haas actually has three drivers with IndyCar experience in his NASCAR stable. Tony Stewart was the 1997 IndyCar championship, Patrick spent seven years on the circuit and Kurt Busch is competing in the Indianapolis 500 this year after completing rookie orientation last year. But Haas isn't looking from within for a future F1 driver. "I'd certainly never expect any of our current lineup of drivers to want to be able to do that," Haas said during a news conference Monday. "It would be really impossible to accomplish that and survive. ... Just the thought of jumping into a Formula One car from a Cup car would be very, very difficult."(Sporting News)(4-16-2014)



Michael Schumacher 'showing small signs of progress':

Michael Schumacher is said to be "showing small signs of progress" in his recovery from a serious brain trauma as the seven-time Formula 1 world champion continues to be treated for injuries sustained in a skiing accident last December. The 45-year-old's manager Sabine Kehm confirmed earlier this month that Schumacher was showing signs of consciousness and being awake, and she has now elaborated on her latest revelation that gives hope of the F1 great making a recovery. "There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress," Kehm told German broadcaster ARD. "There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious. See full story at the Independent.(4-16-2014)



Gordon could race 10 more years? Daughter may race soon:

#24-Jeff Gordon talked to Larry King at Auto Club Speedway last month about his strong season in 2014, his career and whether his children will race. "It's funny how life serves these things up," Gordon said. "You go through a time where you go through a frustrating year, or I had some back and health issues. And I said, 'You know, I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to do this at this level or if I event want to.' "Then you all of the sudden have this amazing year, and you go, 'God, I love racing. Racing's amazing. I can't wait to do it for another 10 years.' " In addition to his own future, Gordon also discusses the possibility of his offspring racing and expects to see his daughter behind the wheel in the near future. "We're probably going to put my daughter in a quarter-midget soon," Gordon said.(see video at, on Monday, April 14th, Gordon posted an image on his Twitter of daughter Ella driving a quarter midget for the first time.(4-15-2014)



Kurt Busch says Gene Haas serious about F1 UPDATE2:

#41-Kurt Busch said team owner Gene Haas is serious about making a strong entry into Formula One, a move that could expand the series' footprint in the U.S. "It will be an incredible challenge. He knows that," Busch said Sunday at the MotoGP motorcycle race in Texas. "It's a matter of the fans getting behind it, supporting Gene and trying to give F1 another chance," he said. "We've had Michael Andretti, before him was his dad. We had Scott Speed as a driver. Now we have an (American) owner. It will be interesting to see how the driver lineup shapes up." At 35, Busch said it won't be him racing a Haas Formula One car. "My time has passed to be a competitive driver in F1," Busch said. "But a test session? I'd jump on that every time. They're going to have hard time keeping me out of the shop, from hanging out."(in part from the Associated Press)(4-14-2014)

UPDATE: NASCAR team owner Gene Haas says he plans to field an American-based Formula One racing series team within the next two years. The team will be called Haas Formula, he said Monday at a news conference. Haas says he should know within the next four weeks if the team will begin racing in 2015 or wait until 2016. He says part of that depends on how long it takes for Haas Formula to find an engine supplier. Haas Formula would become the first American-based Formula One team in more than three decades to join the racing series. Although there's plenty of skepticism over his decision, Haas says, "I wouldn't be doing it if I thought I was going to fail. But that's the challenge -- proving other people wrong."(Associated Press/ESPN)(4-14-2014)



The motivation for Gene Haas is two-fold. Primarily, Haas, who owns one the largest CNC tool manufacturing operations, wants to market his products globally and F1 will allow him to "enhance his branding" on a greater scale than NASCAR, which is limited to North America. "The ultimate goal is to take the image of Haas Automation and turn it into a brand that is desired and high-quality and known throughout the world," Haas said. "The ultimate goal would be to double our sales for Haas Automation. I think it's going to be positive. As an indicator, I'm using the relationship with NASCAR that we have here including the brands we have in the United States. We have a very good market share, good market penetration and it's as simple as to replicate that overseas."

Secondly, despite short-lived effort of the USF1 team, Haas is convinced that an American-based team can compete against the established F1 juggernauts of Europe. Haas feels that with the current F1 rules packages, the timing is right for an aspiring team to enter the series and dispel the notion that "Americans can't do it".

"I'm here to prove that we can do it, and we can do it with a budget and we can be efficient at it and we can win at it," Haas said. "That's what I'm going to try. I'm not saying that I'm better than anybody else. I just have a different way of doing it, and people that I work with think differently. That, I guess, is going to be the secret to our success in this business. We're going to spend our money wisely. We're going to do it with an American flair for design and efficiencies, and that's how we're going to control our costs. I don't -- we're not going to be a European-led team. We're going to be an American-led team and we'll do it the way we think is the most efficient. Yes, this is an ambitious undertaking for Haas. He wasn't joking when asked about his budget that "it's going to be billions and billions" to be operational. And he has just over a month to inform the FIA as to whether Haas Formula intends to race in 2015 or 2016. Certainly, Haas' timetable will depend on the support of his technical partners. Similar to his introduction to NASCAR where he relied on Hendrick Motorsports to get up to speed, Haas will rely on the relationship of his potential F1 partners as well.

Formula Haas' home base will be in Kannapolis, N.C. adjacent to the existing Stewart-Haas Racing shop. The company is currently adding 150,000 sq. ft. With Haas Automation satellites in Brussels and Shanghai, there is already a global base, but Haas expects to have a secondary shop in either Germany or Italy likely dependent on whether he partners with Mercedes or Ferrari. Haas will likely use Dallara for his chassis, but his eventual goal is to develop the components to compete for the Constructors championship.

As for prospective drivers, in the beginning Haas would like to use racers that are already familiar with the current engine rules package then eventually phase in American talent. Formula Haas team principal Guenther Steiner would prefer not entertainment drivers searching for buy rides but rely on racers with raw talent. For now, Haas intends on maintaining a clean car free of sponsorship outside of the Haas brand. He believes that any additional support would "dilute" his marketing strategy. However, a five-year plan is in place to "make this a profitable enterprise" and that will involve additional sponsors in order "to make money and compete".(Motorsport)(4-15-2014)



Sad News - Marty Little:

Longtime Florida racing journalist, promoter and track announcer Marty Little passed away on Saturday, April 12th in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Little was a USAF Vet and longtime track announcer at the now defunct Hialeah Speedway. Little the public relations person for Rahmoc Racing, wrote weekly racing articles for National Speed Sport News for South Florida race tracks and was the historian for South Florida racing for over 40 years. Marty is the brother of long time Penske Racing employee David Little. Little currently worked at Dometic Enviromental. Survivors include wife Janet, children Richard, Suzanne (Brian) grandson Paul, brother David (Malinda) their children Chris, Dee, and Katelyn. Donations to Vitas 152 or Victory Junction. Services info at Fred Hunters in Davie, FL.(4-15-2014)



Subway 'exploring' F1 sponsorship:

Subway is considering a ground-breaking sponsorship deal with Formula One which could see several of the sport's teams and superstar drivers teaming up to promote the brand. Subway was founded in the US in 1965 by billionaire Fred DeLuca but the UK and Ireland has become its biggest market outside America since the company opened its first store across the Atlantic in 1994. Its sponsorship strategy centres on athletes such as English boxer Anthony Ogogo and Holly Bleasdale, who holds the British pole vault record. Zak Brown, chief executive of JMI which handles Subway's motorsport sponsorship, says that F1 would be the "perfect" fit. "I took the Subway Chief Marketing Officer to meet Bernie [Ecclestone, F1's chief executive] in Montreal last year, and I would say they have been exploring it for a year," says Mr Brown. "They are all about the consumer, they are massive media buyers so they would look at a sport and see if it stacks up from a media point of view and Formula One does." Subway is JMI's oldest client and first worked with it in 2002. JMI is responsible for bringing Subway to F1's American rival NASCAR, where it sponsors a team, a driver and a race (#99 Carl Edwards, no Cup race in 2014). Mr Brown says it is likely Subway would follow the same model in F1.(in part from The Telegraph), no word if thie would affect the sponsor of the #99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford and/or Carl Edwards.(4-14-2014)



FOX moves Talladega qualifying to FOX:

NASCAR ramped up its pre-race excitement level for the 2014 season, making qualifying more relevant and much more entertaining by introducing a highly competitive "knockout" system, beginning with 43-plus race cars on the track at the same time at tracks 1.25 miles or longer. NASCAR on FOX, which covers the first 13 NASCAR Sprint Cups Series of the season, is showing its enthusiasm for the new system, moving the (Saturday) May 3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway from FOX Sports 2 to FOX, marking the first time a non-Daytona qualifying session has aired on FOX. "This move is a direct result of the double-digit ratings gains NASCAR's new knockout qualifying format is delivering every weekend," said Bill Wanger, EVP of Programming, Research & Content Strategy. "We are thrilled to be able to highlight this new format on FOX, and what more exciting place to do that than Talladega Superspeedway." The new qualifying system, which moves away from single-car qualifying and is supported by double-digit, year-to-year ratings growth, allows for all cars to qualify collectively for up to 25 minutes, with the top 24 based on fastest laps advancing for a subsequent 10-minute session. The top 12 from that group advance to the final, five-minute round. The 90-minute Talladega qualifying session begins on FOX on Saturday, May 3 at 1:30 pm/et(FOX).

NOTE so far FoxSports has aired qualifying time delayed, 5-10 minutes behind live. Results will be posted LIVE on, and Jayski's Twitter & spoiler alert....(4-16-2014)





Found via a link on Jayski:


Saturday Darlington Notebook


Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson provide electrifying look at NASCAR's future


Apr. 12, 2014


By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service


DARLINGTON, S.C.—We have seen the future, and it's painted with the numbers "9" and "42."


Driving Chevrolets adorned with those car numbers, NASCAR neophytes Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson staged a remarkable battle in Friday night's VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.


Driving as hard as they could and significantly over the edge of control, Elliott, 18, and Larson, 21, waged an all-out battle for the second position after a restart on Lap 99.


Both cars slid sideways, as the young drivers fought for control. Ultimately, Elliott won the race—his second straight victory in the series—and Larson, a first-time winner at Fontana, Calif., earlier this season, came home sixth.


After the race, Elliott marveled that he was sitting at the dais in the media center, rather than watching his car hauled from the track on a wrecker.


"There was definitely one (instance) that I can think of where I thought our night was 100 percent finished," Elliott acknowledged. "I thought both of us were getting ready to pile it up pretty big, along with probably some more cars behind us.


"I have no idea how both of us held on to that, and he did a really good job holding on to it, and it kind of gave me something to lean up against while I was trying to save it. That was a crazy lap or so there. We raced really hard, he's fun to race with, and fortunately, we raced each other pretty clean."


Clean, yes, but neither driver hesitated to make a move when he had a slight advantage, and both have exhibited phenomenal instincts at very early stages in their stock car careers. Elliott hopes the competition can continue for years.


"I'd like to think so," said Elliott, who along with Larson has been a member of the sport's NASCAR Next program, designed to spotlight future stars. "Kyle's obviously a talented guy, and he's earned his place in the sport, for sure."


Chase Elliott's victory at Darlington couldn't have come at a more appropriate time.


On Sunday at the 1.366-mile speedway, track president Chip Wile and NASCAR president Mike Helton unveiled the first glimpse of a campaign for the 2015 Bojangles' Southern 500 that honors the track's past.


Elliott and father Bill Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, are the faces of a new platform for the 2015 race, which features throwback ticket designs and classic merchandise that recalls the history of the legendary track.


"As the drivers, teams, fans and media leave here this weekend thinking about who visited Gatorade Victory Lane, focusing on the next race and looking towards the 2014 Championship, we're thinking about the future of Darlington Raceway, as we celebrate our past," Wile said.


"Our history defines us. Without history we wouldn't know where we've come from or where we're going.  NASCAR legends and loyal fans have all played a role in defining Darlington Raceway.  Together, we're celebrating where we came from and where we're going."


The dates of the 2015 Southern 500 have not been announced, but Wile said he is very satisfied with Darlington's current position on the schedule.



It wasn't until 1988 that qualifying speeds at Darlington topped 160 mph.


Since then, speeds  at the 1.366-mile track have advanced dramatically. Aric Almirola set a track record at 184.145 mph in the second round of knockout qualifying on Friday. Joey Logano wasn't far behind at 183.870 mph.


"It feels freaking fast, I promise you that," Logano said after qualifying second for Sunday's Bojangles Southern 500. "I remember the first time I came here. I was shaking after qualifying. It is insane. I can't really put it in words.


"I've never driven anything like an IndyCar or anything, but this is the place you go to with the most sensation of speed. Here and Dover you really feel like you are hauling the mail."


The pressure of time trials at Darlington is greater, Logano said, because there's no room for even a slight mistake.


"For one, you are going so fast into Turn 1, and you look at that corner, and you barely lift, and you just book right through it. It's just crazy. I'm having a hard time putting it into words. You go into (Turn) 3, and enter high and your car is loose, and if you go too hard, you'll chase the back end of the car into the fence.


"Then you're right back to the gas and wide open right up against the wall. That sensation of going fast and also having no room for error out there on the race track is what makes it feel like you're just crazy out there."





ARDC news:


by admin

Pit gates open at 3pm


Grandstand opens at 4pm


Warm-ups at 5 with racing due to start at 6


Pit Admission is $30 with a license and $40 without


Grandstand admission - $22 for adults, $20 for Senior Citizens

Teens and Military admission is $12 with kids 11 and under FREE


Track phone #609 758 1900


.All cars must be safety inspected BEFORE they are allowed on the speedway.  Contact Scott Arndt to make arrangements or if you have any questions at 484 269 8543


Looking for help with merchandise sales both before the races and during intermission - please contact me if you are willing to help

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From Track Forum:


Danica Criticism (and Defense)


Note:  If you have the time to read, it's now 55 pages worth of comments.




From the AARN:


This Week



Matty D’s Fonda Promo

Inaugural Draws Huge Crowd;

Sheppard Rules


Rocco Runs Wild At Speedbowl;

Sweeps VMRS, SK Mod,

LMExtra Distance Mains


Yoder Family Bonanza:

Bedford, Hagerstown, Selinsgrove,

Port Royal Successes

Include Three Wins, One Second


MacDonalds ACT Win Comes

At Family’s Lee, USATrack



Is $20 Grand Payday

For Davenport; Francis,

Bloomquist Also Win


Beers Finds Mahoning’s

Opening Night To His Liking;

Paules Wins Too


ARDC’s History-Making

75th Year Begins

This Weekend At New Egypt


Brunnhoelzl Stays Hot

On NASCAR Southern Mod Tour


USACKokomo Midget Sweep

For Rico Abreu


New Season,

Familiar Delaware Winners

In Bunting (Mod), Elliott (LM)



Press releases:


NEWS FROM                                                                                                             

Orange County Fair Speedway                                                                                    

239 Wisner Avenue                                                                                                    

Middletown, NY10940 



Mike Gurda









MIDDLETOWN, NY (April 13)……..With Opening Night jitters out of the way, the more

than 100 Orange County Fair Speedway race car drivers are primed for the second night

of exciting stock car racing Saturday night, April 19 at the historic Middletown, New York

five-eighths-mile track. This week marks the first outing of the Rookie Sportsman division,

a chance for novice drivers to test their racing mettle before competing against more

experienced wheelmen. Racing for the four divisions---DIRTcar-sanctioned Big-Block

Modified, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stock---will take the green flag with

qualifying heats and consolation races beginning at 7:00 PM.


The highly competitive Modified division is the track’s headline racing class, with the

winner of the 30-lap feature race earning $2,500, among the region’s highest payouts for

a regularly-scheduled weekly event.


The sponsor for the night of action is Howard Johnson/Super 8 of Middletown.


Admission prices for the April 16 race meet remain at $14.00 adults, $12.00 seniors, and

$1.00 for children 12 and under.


With just a month until the thrilling World of Outlaws Sprint Cars return to Orange

County on Saturday, May 18, advance ticket sales and track information is available at

the website,, or from at the Track Office. Call 845-

342-2573 during business hours.



News from Thunder Mountain Speedway


Media Contact: Brett Deyo – or 845.728.2781


For Immediate Release/April 13, 2014


Attachments: Photos of the work underway at Thunder Mountain Speedway as the first on-track action of 2014 nears


Work Has Not Stopped At Thunder Mountain Speedway; Improvements Continue As First On-Track Activity Approaches With Saturday, April 19 Open Practice Session; Official Season Opener Saturday, May 3


CENTER LISLE, NY – It’s been a long road – and the destination has not yet been reached – but the resurgent season for Thunder Mountain Speedway is set to kick off on Saturday (April 19) with the first on-track activity of the 2014 season.


“We’ll be working on it right up to the time we open the gates for the first race of the season,” Thunder Mountain’s returning owner Karl Spoonhower, who reacquired the facility he built in the early 1990s after a seven-year absence from the sport last fall, said.


“But we’ve made a lot of progress. The new clay is in good shape. We are ready to race on the track.  We’ve been at the track every day for 12-15 hours a day freshening up the facility.”


The first of two open practices is set for April 19 starting at 1 p.m. Pit admission is $20 and grandstand admission is free. A second open practice takes place on April 26, with identical times and pricing in place.


Recent work at the facility has included the construction of a new Victory Lane, concrete footers poured for new light poles and lights and more. Behind the scenes, a clean-up and remodeling project of the concession stands, bathrooms and towers is underway.


“I am looking forward to everybody coming back to the track and seeing what we’ve done,” Spoonhower said. “We’ve had a ton of interest, that’s for sure.”


The official “Grand Reopening” takes place on Saturday, May 3 with a $1,992-to-win, 30-lap Modified feature headlining a program of Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Four Cylinders, Empire Sport Trucks and Pure Stocks.


Despite the evening’s added payout, adult grandstand admission for the opener remains just $10. Seniors (65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $8. Kids nine and under are FREE. Pit admission weekly is $30 with no license required.  Gates open for the lid-lifter at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m.


Weekly Saturday night racing continues through Sept. 6.


This season, Modifieds at Thunder Mountain will compete for a $5,000 track championship: the most lucrative fund in track history.  Weekly events will pay $1,200 to win, $400 for fifth, $200 for 10th and $125 to take the green flag.


American Racer regional distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., has teamed with the speedway for a lucrative incentive program. Eight tires will be randomly distributed via draws during the season. At year-end, the champion will receive a set of four American Racer tires. Second in the point standings will take home two tires, with one tire reserved for the third-place points finisher. Fourth-place in points ($85 certificate toward the purchase of a tire) and fifth-place ($50 certificate toward the purchase of a tire) will also be rewarded.


Registration for the American Racer incentive program requires a one-time, $30 fee. Forms can be obtained by e-mailing the speedway at


The Modified drivers will take part in no less than five Saturday events paying $1,500 or more to win during the season, including the opener. There is one Sunday $2,500-to-win event (Aug. 31) and a pair of events paying $5,000 to the winner (Tuesday, May 20 and Sunday, July 13).


Sportsman will race for $700 to win weekly thanks to sponsor Howard Jones Logging & Firewood. Sportsman will earn $100 to take the green flag weekly.


Each of the track’s regular divisions will enjoy a special event during a busy ’14 campaign.


Marketing opportunities for the ’14 season are now available. To learn more about billboards, night sponsorships and other advertising, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC at 845.728.2781 or e-mail


For rules, general information and a complete schedule, visit A new website is currently in the works from Finish Line Web Design.  The speedway office number is 607.657.8202. On race day, call 607.849.7899. The speedway e-mail is  “Like” Thunder Mountain Speedway on Facebook or follow @thundermtnspeed on Twitter.


Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.




News from the Thunder Mountain Speedway ‘Lightning on the Mountain’

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – 845.728.2781 or

For Immediate Release/April 13, 2014

Note: The latest video production has been launched on the BD Motorsports Media YouTube channel. Click the following link to view:


Non-Qualifiers’ Incentives Put In Place For NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Starting At Tuesday, May 20 Thunder Mountain Speedway ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ $27,000-Plus Spectacular; “Recycle Your Entry Fee” Program Launched; Manmiller Electric Posts $100 Cash Bonuses For DNQ Drivers

CENTER LISLE, NY – Incentives continue to grow for the “racers’ choice” National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP.

Round No. 2 of the first-year series, offering a $10,014 champion’s share, approaches at Thunder Mountain Speedway (Center Lisle, N.Y.) on Tuesday, May 20 (rain date: May 21) with the Olum’s ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ presented by Rochinski Contracting Services & Husqvarna.

Emphasis has been placed on rewarding drivers unable to qualify for the NDRL Modified main event - not only at the Thunder Mountain spectacular - but for the remainder of the series, which also includes stops at I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway (July 23 and Oct. 11), Accord (N.Y.) Speedway (Aug. 5) and Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway (Aug. 12).

The NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP has adopted an innovative “Recycle Your Entry Fee” program. All drivers on the DNQ list at any NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event will receive a complimentary car entry at the next series event. Any driver that had already filed a full-season entry with payment will receive a refund – yes, a cash refund – if they qualify for the “Recycle Your Entry Fee” program. They will get cash back when they visit the car registration table on race day.

The program is in place for all remaining ’14 NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP events.

Drivers that were unable to qualify for the first event of the season at N.Y.’s Orange County Fair Speedway on April 6 will receive a FREE car entry for the May 20 Thunder Mountain ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP race.  To be eligible, drivers simply need to e-mail series coordinator Brett Deyo at to register.

“We wanted to put a program in place to reward drivers who aren’t able to make the feature field at our events,” series coordinator Deyo said. “This is a token of appreciation for attendance, and it saves race teams a few dollars as well. We are actively working on other bonuses and awards for drivers missing the field, and we’ve already got a few lined up.”

Manmiller Electric of Shoemakersville, Pa., has posted a pair of $100 cash bonuses for the May 20 Thunder Mountain event, set aside for drivers unable to qualify for the main. A random drawing of non-qualifiers will reward two participants with a $100 each

Diversified Machine Inc. (DMI)/Bulldog Rear Ends also stepped up for the racers. A driver unable to make the main will take home a $50 product certificate via a draw; the 11th-place feature finisher will also receive a $50 DMI certificate.

A long list of contingencies and special awards is already in place for every NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP event. A complete list/breakdown can be found at

Following a huge opener at Orange County’s spacious five-eighths-mile oval won by Andy Bachetti on April 6, attention now turns to Karl Spoonhower’s Thunder Mountain three-eighths-mile for a record-setting event May 20. It will mark the richest ever purse structure in track history.

More than $27,000 has been posted for the NDRL Modified division purse: $5,100 to win (including a $100 bonus from Simplicity Design of Middletown, N.Y.), $1,500 for fifth, $1,000 for 10th and $500 just to take the green flag for 50 laps of racing.

Additionally, there will be lap money, contingency awards, bonuses and product certificates distributed at the unprecedented event promoted by Deyo and Spoonhower.

For qualifying, drivers will draw for their starting positions upon entry to the speedway. Heat-race finishes utilizing staggered passing points will be calculated to set the redraw participants and qualified cars from 10-lap heat races.  Consolations, 10 laps each, will set the remainder of the starting field via their order of finish. The heat-race finish/passing point combination will set the starting lineups for the consolations.

The passing points system, new to Modified racing but widely used in other forms of racing including Sprint Cars and the famed ‘Chili Bowl’ in Tulsa, Okla., aims to satisfy the desires of both racers and fans by easing the consequences of a poor draw for competitors and providing heat-race excitement for fans. The system made its debut at Orange County.

Sportsman (Open vs. Crate) will also be featured on the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ card in a 25-lap event paying a minimum of $1,000 to the winner and $100 to take the green flag. Sportsman will qualify via a traditional draw/redraw format.

Complete rules, general information and pricing have been posted on the BD Motorsports Media LLC website – – under “Events” and “Lightning on the Mountain” from the main menu.

The ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ is the first major midweek event at Thunder Mountain since a T3 All-Star Series event backed by John Wight in August 2008.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. for the ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special. A drivers’ meeting takes place at 6:20 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:40 p.m. with a 7:15 p.m. start time planned. The rain date is Wednesday, May 21.

Adult grandstand admission is $20. Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $18. Kids nine and under are FREE. Pit admission is $35, with no license required.

Lap sponsorships, $20 per lap, are currently on sale by contacting Brett Deyo via e-mail at  All lap money collected will be distributed directly to the racers.

For further ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ information, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media via e-mail at or by phone at 845.728.2781. BD Motorsports Media is on the web at “Like” BD Motorsports Media on Facebook or “follow” @BrettDeyo on Twitter.

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797. The race day phone is 607.848.7899. To learn more, visit, like “Thunder Mountain Speedway” on Facebook or follow @thundermtnspeed on Twitter. Fans will enjoy spacious concrete seating, a family atmosphere and a spectacular view off the backstretch as they ‘Feel the Rumble, Hear the Roar’ of Modified racing at Thunder Mountain!

Thunder Mountain Speedway ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Modified Payout (50 Laps): 1. $5,100; 2. $3,250; 3. $2,250; 4. $1,800; 5. $1,500; 6. $1,350; 7. $1,200; 8. $1,100; 9. $1,050; 10. $1,000; 11. $700; 12. $650; 13. $600; 14. $550; 15. $525; 16. $515; 17. $510; 18. $505; 19-Last: $500.

Note: Provisional starters, two highest in NDRL Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP points unable to qualify, receive $250 to start.

The ‘Lightning on the Mountain’ special is presented by Olum’s, Rochinski Contracting Services, Husqvarna, Manmiller Electric and many other fine marketing partners

The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) Short Track Super Series is presented by VP Racing Fuels, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., East Coast Speed/ECS Auto, Rochinski Contracting Services, Allstar Performance, American Racer/Lias Tire, Art’s Radiator, ATL Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, BFP Specialty, Bicknell Racing Products, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, COMP Performance Group, Dirt Track Digest, DRACO Springs, Driven Racing Oil, ERK Steering, Finish Line Web Design, FOX Shox, H.B. Steele & Son, Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust, Hig Fab Chassis, Jack’s Used Race Car Parts & More, Kirkey Racing Products, PM3 Digital Imaging, Quarter Master, Race Pro Weekly, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Shiley Fabrication, Sleepy Hollow Golf, Teo-Pro Car, Troyer Race Cars & Vahlco Wheels.



Brett Deyo

BD Motorsports Media LLC

Phone: 845.728.2781




Twitter: @BrettDeyo



News from Thunder Mountain Speedway

Media Contact: Brett Deyo – or 845.728.2781

For Immediate Release/April 11, 2014

Young Guns Anthony Perrego & Mike Mahaney Call Thunder Mountain Speedway Home For 2014 Season; Modified Field Taking Shape For Saturday Nights; ‘Grand Reopening’ Saturday, May 3 Will Feature $1,992-To-Win Modifieds & $10 Adult Grandstand Admission

CENTER LISLE, NY – Two of the brightest, up-and-coming stars in dirt Modified racing will call Thunder Mountain Speedway home in 2014.

Anthony Perrego and Mike Mahaney – both proven young drivers in the Northeast dirt Mod ranks – have set plans to race regularly at the Center Lisle, N.Y., three-eighths-mile oval on Saturday nights this season. The resurgent campaign for Thunder Mountain, which returns to the ownership of Karl Spoonhower this year, gets underway with a pair of practice sessions on April 19 and 26.

The “Grand Reopening” takes place on May 3 with a $1,992-to-win, 30-lap Modified feature headlining a program of Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, Street Stocks, Four Cylinders, Empire Sport Trucks and Pure Stocks.

Despite the evening’s added payout, adult grandstand admission for the opener remains just $10. Seniors (65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) pay $8. Kids nine and under are FREE. Pit admission weekly is $30 with no license required.  Gates open for the lid-lifter at 4 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m.

Weekly Saturday night racing continues through Sept. 6.

This season, Modifieds at Thunder Mountain will compete for a $5,000 track championship: the most lucrative fund in track history.  Weekly events will pay $1,200 to win, $400 for fifth, $200 for 10th and $125 to take the green flag.

American Racer regional distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa., has teamed with the speedway for a lucrative incentive program. Eight tires will be randomly distributed via draws during the season. At year-end, the champion will receive a set of four American Racer tires. Second in the point standings will take home two tires, with one tire reserved for the third-place points finisher. Fourth-place in points ($85 certificate toward the purchase of a tire) and fifth-place ($50 certificate toward the purchase of a tire) will also be rewarded.

Registration for the American Racer incentive program requires a one-time, $30 fee. Forms can be obtained by e-mailing the speedway at

The Modified drivers will take part in no less than five Saturday events paying $1,500 or more to win during the season, including the opener. There is one Sunday $2,500-to-win event (Aug. 31) and a pair of events paying $5,000 to the winner (Tuesday, May 20 and Sunday, July 13).

Perrego, 20 years old, of Montgomery, N.Y., will make the 140-mile-plus, one-way ride to Thunder Mountain weekly to race his No. 18 Teo-Pro Modified fielded by his father, former Mr. DIRTcar Rookie of the Year, Tom Perrego.  A graduate of the Sportsman division, Perrego burst onto the Modified scene last season and enjoyed immediate success, including a $7,732.11 victory at the November ‘Gobbler’ event held at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway.

Already in 2014, he’s shown prowess with a runner-up finish at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park to kick off the DIRTcar Nationals. It was his debut in a big-block Modified.

What has drawn Perrego to Thunder Mountain as his Saturday home?

“A lot of reasons,” he said honestly. “There are quite a few high-paying races there, even on Saturday nights during the season. The championship being $5,000 is something to shoot for. And I see all the work they’ve done there.  From the way it looks, Thunder Mountain will be a nice place to race.”

Mahaney, the defending I-88 (N.Y.) Speedway champion, like Perrego, eyes the year-end five grand champion’s share. Mahaney, the 24-year-old, second-generation driver from King Ferry, N.Y., will drive Charlie Davis’ Woodside Farms No. 21 Troyer at the Mountain.

“I’ve heard nothing but good about Karl (Spoonhower) and his track prep skills,” Mahaney said. “I know a lot of people who live around the track, and they tell me Karl is known for a track surface that’s smooth, has bite and doesn’t burn tires. I can’t wait to get going this year.

“For us, Saturdays will be a lot nicer this year. Last year, racing at Fonda (N.Y.), we spent a lot of time on the road back-and-forth to the track. It’s a lot closer for us and Charlie (Davis) to run Thunder Mountain on Saturdays.”

Mahaney and Perrego will be part of a growing Modified division at Thunder Mountain in ’14. Byron Worthing of Owego, N.Y., the son of ‘Junkyard Jet’ Doug Worthing, has set his intentions to run regularly at Thunder sporting the family trademark No. 63.

The Whitney Point, N.Y.-based operation of Chris Clark and Tom and Terry Coar will field a pair of potent Modifieds at Thunder Mountain: one driven by Brent Wilcox of Whitney Point, sporting the No. 27, and another piloted by Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel, Pa., whose car will carry the No. 119.

Clay, N.Y., driver Bob Henry Jr. – the operator of Henry’s Stainless Steel Exhaust – will make the tow down from the Syracuse area to compete at Thunder Mountain in his No. B2. Ken Titus, who has climbed the ranks of Modified racing in the Southern Tier, will drive Don Stark’s No. 9s at Thunder Mountain. Titus will make the haul north to Thunder Mountain from his home in Kirkwood, N.Y.

Nick Rochinski, the Dickson City, Pa., driver, plans to enter the Thunder Mountain fold with his No. 20R owned by his father, Brian Rochinski, and wrenched by his brother, Kyle Rochinski.

The speedway office has been receiving phone calls daily from race teams planning to compete at Thunder Mountain as the ’14 campaign fast approaches.

Practice days are set for April 19 and 26, consecutive Saturdays. Practice begins at 1 p.m. each day. Grandstand admission is free of charge and the pit fee is $20.

Marketing opportunities for the ’14 season are now available. To learn more about billboards, night sponsorships and other advertising, contact Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC at 845.728.2781 or e-mail

For rules, general information and a complete schedule, visit A new website is currently in the works from Finish Line Web Design.  The speedway office number is 607.657.8202. On race day, call 607.849.7899. The speedway e-mail is  “Like” Thunder Mountain Speedway on Facebook or follow @thundermtnspeed on Twitter.

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.


Brett Deyo

BD Motorsports Media LLC

Phone: 845.728.2781




Twitter: @BrettDeyo



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                APRIL 14, 2014

DICK JORDAN                                                                                                                                                   14-40






            This Saturday night's AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio salutes the memory of two members of the USAC Hall of Fame, the legendary Don Branson and Jud Larson, both of whom will be formally inducted May 17 during pre-race ceremonies at the USAC Hall of Fame Silver Crown event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Ind.


            Branson, USAC's 1964 Sprint car champion, scored 13 USAC Sprint victories during his career, while Larson earned 15 USAC Sprint wins. Larson grabbed three Eldora trophies in 1964 and 1965 and Branson took one each in 1965 and 1966.


            Dave Darland and Justin Grant enter the Eldora race separated by a single point in the latest AMSOIL standings. Darland's three 2014 starts have produced a second, a third and a fourth, while Grant has a win (at Lawrenceburg April 5), a second and a sixth.


            Darland, trailing Tom Bigelow by just five wins for the all-time USAC National Sprint Car victory lead, has four Eldora trophies in his case, including one in 2012.


            Tracy Hines, just two wins behind Darland in the all-time list, has nine Eldora Sprint wins, which include two in 2012. Chris Windom should also be a top contender Saturday after winning last year's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora.


            Defending AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Champion Bryan Clauson enters the race fourth in the 2014 standings. Amazingly, he is still seeking his initial Eldora USAC Sprint win.


            Saturday's race continues a "Branson-Larson" tradition started in 1981 when Dave Peperak was the winner. Other race winners include Jack Hewitt (1982 & 1990), Rich Vogler (1983 & 1987), Steve Butler (1984), Jac Haudenschild (1985 & 1987), Rick Hood (1988), Terry Shepherd (1992), Robbie Stanley (1993), Frankie Kerr (1994 & 1996), Kevin Doty (1995 &1998), Kevin Huntley (1997), Derek Davidson (1999), Jay Drake (2000, 2004 & 2005), Tracy Hines (2001, 2008 & 2012), J.J. Yeley (2002), Boston Reid (2003), Jerry Coons Jr. (2006), Robert Ballou (2007), Jerry Coons Jr. (2009) and Robert Ballou (2010).



2014 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings: 1-Dave Darland-183, 2-Justin Grant-182, 3-Chase Stockon-171, 4-Bryan Clauson-169, 5-Brady Bacon-167, 6-Jon Stanbrough-146, 7-Tracy Hines-138, 8-Chris Windom-118, 9-Robert Ballou-113, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-108.







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            The 2014 Honda USAC National Midget Series resumes May 9-10 with back-to-back events in Western Illinois. The prestigious "Hut Hundred" unfolds May 9 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., while Belle Clair Speedway in Belleville hosts the May 10 race, co-sanctioned by POWRi.


            Rico Abreu of Rutherford, Calif. will lead the USAC contingent into the Illinois races after his "sweep" of last week's "Kokomo Midget Grand Prix" at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. He led all 30 laps of Friday night's race in his Keitn Kunz/Curb Agajanian Motorsports Toyota TRD Bullet. Dave Darland finished second ahead of Christopher Bell, Chris Windom and Tracy Hines.


            Saturday, Abreu led a 1-2-3 "sweep" for the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team. He led the last 27 laps to win the 40-lapper, beating teammates Tanner Thorson and Bell to the checkered flag. Hines was fourth and Tyler Thomas fifth. Tyler Courtney led the first three laps, Kevin Thomas Jr. led the next five and Bell the next five before suffering a part failure which forced him to the pits for repairs.


            The May 9 race at Granite City, Ill. continues a long-standing tradition for the "Hut Hundred," which dates back to 1952. Active former race winners include Brady Bacon, Zach Daum, Bryan Clauson, Darren Hagen, Bobby East, Dave Darland and Tracy Hines.



2014 Honda USAC National Midget Standings: 1-Rico Abreu-139; 2-Christopher Bell-125; 3-Tracy Hines-114; 4-Tanner Thorson & Kevin Thomas Jr.-102; 6-Dave Darland-94; 7-Chris Windom-89; 8-Zach Daum-84; 9-Bryan Clauson-80; 10-Tyler Thomas-75.




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            USAC's HPD Midwest and Western Midget Series are idle this week, awaiting events at Gas City, Ind. April 25 (Midwest) and Las Vegas, Nev. April 26 (Western), The Eastern HPD Series visits Shendadoah (Va.) Speedway this Saturday.


            Patrick Bruns, fresh off back-to-back Midwestern victories last week, leads that series to Gas City I-69 Speedway April 25. Bruns, of Champaign, Ill., led the last six laps of Friday's Kokomo 12-lapper, then led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's race too. On Friday he beat Matt Schuck and Austin Nemire. Saturday he beat Aaron Schuck, Nemire and Bill Kriegbaum.


            Dylan Noble of Clovis, Calif. led the final six laps to win Saturday's 30-lap USAC Western Pavement HPD Midget race at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. He passed Cody Jessop on lap 25 and led to the checkered ahead of Jessop, Toni Breidinger, Shawn Buckley and Duke Love. Buckley lad the first 19 laps.


            Chris Lamb and Scott Hunter captured 25-lap USAC Eastern HPD Midget races Saturday afternoon at Ace Speedway. Lamb, from Colfax, N.C., passed Tyler Corriher on lap two and led the rest of the way to win the first 25-lapper over Blaine Leydig, Corriher, Hunter and Calvin Carroll. In the second 25, Hunter passed Corriher on lap two and led the rest of the way to beat Lamb, Corriher, C.Carroll and Jessica Bean.


            Lamb led wire-to-wire to win Friday night's 25-lap series opener at Ace Speedway. He was trailed at the checkered flag by fast qualifier Hunter, Leydig, Calvin Carroll and Bean.



2014 HPD USAC Midwest Dirt Midget Standings: 1-Patrick Bruns-135, 2-Austin Nemire-120, 3-Aaron Schuck-65, 4-Matt Schuck-64, 5-Bill Kriegbaum-56, 6-Alex Watson-1.


2014 HPD USAC Eastern Midget Standings: 1-Chris Lamb-193, 2-Scott Hunter-186, 3-Blaine Leydig-171, 4-Calvin Carroll-159, 5-Tyler Corriher-158, 6-Jessica Bean-145, 7-Fletcher Wulf-134, 8-Nikki Carroll-121, 9-Eric Lewis-112, 10-Jake Nelke-85.


2014 HPD USAC Western Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Shawn Buckley-303, 2-Toni Breidinger-179, 3-Ashley Hazelton-147, 4-Dylan Noble-144, 5-Joel Rayborne-138, 6-Bryant Dawson-132, 7-Cody Jessop-127, 8-Tom Patterson-104, 9-Annie Breidinger-99, 10-Jesse James Burks-85.




This week’s photo:


A photo of the late Bill Schindler in “Basement Bessie”. This photo was taken when the Champ cars ran at Williams Grove on July 27, 1952.  Bill started 2nd and finished 2nd to Paul Russo. – A Walt Imlay photo.



Link to race results:



Racing videos:


I had a bunch of videos saved in my computer, nine of them, that went from 1 to 9, that were about Ayrton Senna.  Now, they’re no longer available.  However, I did find one that, if you’re an Ayrton Senna fan, you might enjoy.





Not racing related:


Did you know that there is not one person alive today that would have seen the Chicago Cubs win a World Series?  The Cubs won back-to-back World Series championships in 1907 and 1908, becoming the first Major League club to play three consecutive times in the Fall Classic and the first to win it twice.



Found on the Internet – not racing related:



How to Create a Social State

by Saul Alinsky


There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to

create a social state. The first is the most important. The last is the most significant


1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people


2) Poverty – Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are

easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.


3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able

to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.


4) Gun Control – Remove the people’s ability to defend themselves from the Government.   That way you are able to create a police state.


5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (food, housing, and



6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of  what children learn in school.


7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.


8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.


Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States?






As for the Nevada/Bundy Farm deal, one has to wonder how true this might be? 


In other News, Senate Majority Reid's family set to profit off land sale in Nevada, to Communist China.

Chinese engery giant ENN Energy Group wants to use Nevada land as a part of it's effort to build a $5 Billion solar farm and panel-building plant in the Nevada desert. Rory Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is representing ENN in their efforts to own America.

Part of the land ENN wants to purchase from Clark County at WELL below appraised value. Rory Reid is the former Clark County Commission chairman, and he persuaded the commission to sell 9,000 of STATE, not Federal land, to ENN.

Follow the money, Harry Reid is DIRTY and selling off America.


And why Cliven Bundy did what he did:



Why Cliven Bundy isn't WRONG.


There have been a lot of people criticizing Clive Bundy because he did not pay his grazing fees for 20 years. The public is also probably wondering why so many other cowboys are supporting Mr. Bundy even though they paid their fees and Clive did not. What you people probably do not realize is that on every rancher's grazing permit it says the following: "You are authorized to make grazing use of the lands, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and covered by this grazing permit, upon your acceptance of the terms and conditions of this grazing permit and payment of grazing fees when due." The "mandatory" terms and conditions go on to list the allotment, the number and kind of livestock to be grazed, when the permit begins and ends, the number of active or suspended AUMs (animal units per month), etc. The terms and conditions also list specific requirements such as where salt or mineral supplements can be located, maximum allowable use of forage levels (40% of annual growth), etc., and include a lot more stringent policies that must be adhered to. Every rancher must sign this "contract" agreeing to abide by the TERMS AND CONDITIONS before he or she can make payment. In the early 90s, the BLM went on a frenzy and drastically cut almost every rancher's permit because of this desert tortoise issue, even though all of us ranchers knew that cow and desert tortoise had co-existed for a hundred+ years. As an example, a family friend had his permit cut by 90%. For those of you who are non ranchers, that would be equated to getting your paycheck cut 90%. In 1976 there were approximately 52 ranching permittees in this area of Nevada. Presently, there are 3. Most of these people lost their livelihoods because of the actions of the BLM. Clive Bundy was one of these people who received extremely unfair and unreasonable TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Keep in mind that Mr. Bundy was required to sign this contract before he was allowed to pay. Had Clive signed on the dotted line, he would have, in essence, signed his very livelihood away. And so Mr. Bundy took a stand, not only for himself, but for all of us. He refused to be destroyed by a tyrannical federal entity and to have his American liberties and freedoms taken away. Also keep in mind that all ranchers financially paid dearly for the forage rights those permits allow - - not rights to the land, but rights to use the forage that grows on that land. Many of these AUMS are water based, meaning that the rancher also has a vested right (state owned, not federal) to the waters that adjoin the lands and allow the livestock to drink. These water rights were also purchased at a great price. If a rancher cannot show beneficial use of the water (he must have the appropriate number of livestock that drinks and uses that water), then he loses that water right. Usually water rights and forage rights go hand in hand. Contrary to what the BLM is telling you, they NEVER compensate a rancher for the AUMs they take away. Most times, they tell ranchers that their AUMS are "suspended," but not removed. Unfortunately, my family has thousands of "suspended" AUMs that will probably never be returned. And so, even though these ranchers throughout the course of a hundred years invested thousands(and perhaps millions) of dollars and sacrificed along the way to obtain these rights through purchase from others, at a whim the government can take everything away with the stroke of a pen. This is the very thing that Clive Bundy single-handedly took a stand against. Thank you, Clive, from a rancher who considers you a hero.


-Kena Lytle Gloeckner


The Modern American Revolution –BB”




Yes, folks, this might be a problem:


New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims


Note:  Just one of the many comments:


“Devout Muslims in Key Positions in the White House


Arif Alikhan – Devout Muslim, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser Elibiary appeared at a conference honoring Ayatollah Khomeini, has made attacks on prosecution of terrorist fundraisers, has actively promoted jihadist ideology godfather Sayyid Qutb, and threatened a Dallas Morning News journalist who repeatedly exposed his extremist views.


Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference. Hussain is “a hafiz of the Qur’an”–An individual earns this designation by committing to memory the Qur’an in its entirety and enjoys high status among Sharia-adherent Muslims who regard this feat as proof of a deep devotion to Allah.


The OIC is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is dedicated in its documents to spreading Islamic law, or sharia.


Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser –founder Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director, and a Muslim leader who said that Israel should have been added to the”suspect list” for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar – President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Magid was born and raised in Sudan and immigrated to the United States in 1987. Imam Magid studied with his father, Al-Haj Majd Haj Mosa, described by one watchdog website as “a Cairo-trained Muslim Brotherhood scholar” who has served as the top cleric in the Republic of the Sudan, one of the most Sharia-adherent nations in the world.


In 2012, ISNA hosted Dawud Walid who said, “One of the greatest social ills facing America today is Islamophobia, and anti-Muslim bigotry. And if you trace the organizations and the main advocates and activists in Islamophobia in America, you will see that all those organizations are pro-Israeli occupation organizations and activists.”


Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships – Patel is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that promotes interfaith cooperation.


A good source for more on the Muslim and Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into the White House can be found in Frank Gaffney’s The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration.”




Obama Promotes a Society of Helpless Victims


In part:  "Eric Holder stirred up a hornet’s nest the other day, whining to a mostly black crowd about the ill treatment he received from a Congressional Committee. Holder seemed to imply that he and President Obama have come in for rough treatment because they are black.


It was a stunning comment. This is, after all, Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States. The same Holder who grew up with two middle class parents, graduated from the elite Stuyvesant High School, went to Columbia Law School and has notched up a notable list of achievements since. His road would appear – in contrast to millions of other Americans – to have been remarkably smooth."



Emails – not racing related:




I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who

washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the

original recycle queen before they had a name for it.

A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.


Their marriage was good, their dreams focused. Their best friends lived barely a wave away.


I can see them now, Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things.

A curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress.


Things we keep.


It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy. All that re-fixing, eating, renewing, I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.


But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.


Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return..


So... While we have it..... it's best we love it.... And care for it... And fix it when it's broken.......... And heal it when it's sick.


This is true. For marriage....... And old cars..... And children with bad report cards.....


And dogs with bad hips.... And aging parents...... And grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.


Some things we keep. Like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with.


There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special.....

... And so, we keep them close!


I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper', so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way... Now it's your turn to send this to those people that are "keepers" in your life.

Good friends are like stars.... You don't always see them, but you know they are always there. Keep them close!


God won't have to ask how many people you forwarded this to,


He already knows your decision.



Music videos:


Lacy J Dalton - The Boys Of 16th Avenue


Note:  How I wish I was in attendance when these real country music singers got up and sang.  More, like this video are available over on the right side.






Joke of the week:

A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said,  "I'd like to buy some cyanide."

The Pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"

The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."

The Pharmacist's eyes grew big and he explained, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband. That's against the law!  I'll lose my license!

They'll throw both of us in jail!  All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not!  You CANNOT have any cyanide!"

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and said, "You didn't tell me you had a prescription!"





Please don’t forget:  Benghazi, The IRS Scandal and all the other scandals that seem to get put on the back burners every week.  When will anyone be “held accountable”, anyway?  Oh, don’t forget my description of “Held Accountable”:  Nothing will get done to anyone.



Until my next column – next week – unless my computer blows up!



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